Tony Sutton - 1921-2019

2 July 2019

Bath Rugby is saddened to hear of the passing of former player Tony Sutton at the age of 98.

Prior to joining the Club, Tony served with the Westminster Dragoons during the Second World War and was subsequently awarded one of the highest military decorations – the Military Cross for rescuing an injured comrade in the Netherlands.

He was also the recipient of the Legion d’Honneur – France’s highest order of merit instituted by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802.

Having studied at Oxford University, Tony moved to Bath at the age of 27 in 1948, where he completed his articles with Stone King Solicitors, who to this day are still based in Queen Square. It was in the same year he made his debut for Bath Rugby against Stroud with the final of his 45 appearances coming against Weston Super Mare in September 1949.  

Tony was also a distinguished cricketer, with his greatest achievement coming in 1946 when he bowled out Yorkshire and England great Sir Leonard Hutton.

Earlier this year, Bath Rugby welcomed Tony back to the Club, as he reminisced with Freddie Burns and The Times’ John Westerby. You can read the full interview here.

On behalf of everyone at Bath Rugby, we extend our deepest sympathies to Tony’s family and friends.


Tony Sutton

Born: 29th March 1921

Position: Second row/back row

Debut: 28th February 1948 v Stroud

Final appearance: 3rd September 1949 v Weston Super Mare

Number of appearances: 45

Honours: Military Cross and Legion d’Honneur

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